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TOPIC TITLE: Depression medication
Created On 8/11/13 12:33 PM
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Mimi1022
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I've tried Prozac, Zoloft, remeron, and trazodone. Nothing worked at all- I saw no effects.

What is the likelihood that Antidepressant #5 will work?
 
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Dr. Price MD
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8/11/13 12:55 PM
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Less likely after each one you try unless you have a different diagnosis other than depression like Bipolar spectrum etc.

Rabbi Price, M.D.
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Mimi1022
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Nope, I don't have bipolar. Just depression.

Besides antidepressants which didn't work and psychotherapy which hardly worked, are there any options you think are good to try? (I don't like TMS. I was looking into electroconvulsive therapy. Have you had any patients do this?)
 
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Dr. Price MD
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ECT is the most effective treatment for depression after multiple antidepressants have failed. Let me know how you make out.

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Mimi1022
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8/11/13 3:09 PM
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Great where do I sign up
 
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Call your insurance as to which hospital near you performs ECT. You go Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

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I'mTrying
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As someone who has done electroconvulsive therapy, I can tell you that it's not something you'd want to jump at impulsively. You may want to spend some time researching the possible benefits and side effects before deciding to do ECT.
 
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MoMo
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Wish, did it do anything for you?
 
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I'mTrying
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No, not really.I had tried many many medications beforehand, all without success. ECT was the "last hope".
Unfortunately, the only outcome for me was a month in the hospital and memory loss, difficulty in concentration and other cognitive functions.
I was in a very dark and scary place at the time, and I believe that I was not mentally open to having chemical help (or any help for that matter). But there are many studies proving the efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy, and I think provided a person is willing and ready to have ECT work on them, it can be a lifesaver.
I just want to point out that there's more to it than "great where do i sign up". There are some scary cons to consider, and one has to go under general anesthesia which always carries risks. If doing ECT outpatient, the patient also has to have a very good support system- for driving to appointment and generally being around because one can really be disoriented for the duration of the ECT treatments and even for weeks afterwards. Like any other life-altering decision, think it through.


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Mimi1022
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8/13/13 12:47 AM
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That is good to know. Thanks.
 
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Lasthope
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Mimi, what was your childhood like?
 
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